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Full text of "Roxbury Community College Twenty-Second Annual Commencement"

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Friday, June 7^ 1996 Three o'clock p.m. 

Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 



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Lift ev'ry voice and sing 

Till earth and heaven ring, 

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; 

Let our rejoicing rise, High as the Hst'ning skies, 

Let it resound loud as the roihng sea. 

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, 

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; 

Facing the rising sun of our nev^ day begun 

Let us march on till victory is w^on. 



(Tjtames Weldon Johnson 



Roxbury Community College 




oard of 
Trustees 

Dr. Donald J. Reaves, Chair 

Sharif Abdal-Khallaq, Vice Chair 

Dr. Toye Lee Brown, Secretary 

Harry Sterling, Jr., Treasurer 

Dr. Mildred C. Blackman 

Alberto B. Calvo 

J. Keith Motley 

Michael M. Murphy 

Pervis Ryans, Jr. 

Joseph Steinfield, Esq. 

Toya M. Scott, Student Trustee 

Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown 

President 

Roxbury Community College 



Roxbury Community College 
Foundation 




oard of Directors 



Leon E. Wilson, President 

William R. Sapers, Vice President 

Charles J. Beard Esq., Treasurer 

Donald E. Alhart, Esq., Asst. Treasurer 

Sylvia A. McDowell, Clerk 

Sharif Abdal-Khallaq* 

Minosca Alcantara, M.S. 

Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown * 

Caroline J. Chang 

Donna Harris-Lewis 

Richard M. Lee 

Paul J. MacKinnon 

Marva E Nathan, M.S., R.N. 

Julia M. Ojeda, M.Ed. 

Cassandra Anae Simmons, Ph.D. 

Alvene Williams 

Robert A. Williams III 

Cheryle A. Wills 



ex otftco 




dministration 



Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown 
President 

Dr. Bruce A. Rose 

Vice President, Academic 

& Student Affairs 

Charles Rubin 

Vice President, Fiscal 

& Management Affairs 




raduation 



Committee 

Susan Allen 

Sandras Barnes 

Elizabeth Clark 

Ann Marie Wedgeworth 

David D. Coleman 

Justin Petty 

Dr. Sewall B. Potter 

Monireh Esfahani 



Nadine Dowling 
Associate Vice President, 
Administrative Services 

Susan Allen 

Dean of Student Development 

Monica P. Bond 

Dean of The Learning Resources 

& Academic Support 

Dr. Sandra C. Vaughn 

Dean of Curriculum & Instruction 



Dr. Paul K. Willenbrock 
Dean of Continuing Education 




rogram 



Processional Sphere Entertainment 

Invocation The Reverend 

Dr Michael Ellis 

Choir. Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing 

Welcome & Charge to College Dr. Donald J. Reaves, 

Chairman, Board of Trustees 

Recognition of Guests Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown, 

President 

Choral Medley. Sphere Entertainment 

Student Speaker Gillian Van Delft 

Introduction of Commencement Speaker Dr Grace Carolyn Brown 

Commencement Address The Honorable 

Barbara Dortch-Okara 



Presentation of Degree Candidates Dr. Bruce A. Rose, 

Vice President, Academic 
& Student Ajfairs 

Rites of Passage Drum Song 

Conferral of Certificates Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown 

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients. Leon E. Wilson, President, 

RCC Foundation 

Alumni Charge 



Closing Remarks Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown 

Benediction , The Reverend 

Dr Michael Ellis 

Recessional Sphere Entertainment 

Reception immediately following ceremony 

Second floor 

Roxbury Community College Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 



andidates for \^() egrees 



Associate of Arts 

Edith Nkechi Agudosi 
Gertrude Ngozi Ahamuefule 
Raymonde Alcindor 
Saad Ammour 
Wayne Neil Archer 
Kidane Negasi Asgodom 
Jacquehne P. Ashby 
Timothy M. Bagley 
Carlos A. Bodden 
Celion BonHeur 
Rozelta Lovett Boyd 
Karen N. Brigham 
Irvin I. Brooms 
Paula Rosemaire Cardoza 
Veronica M. Carvajal 
Ginette Monique Charles 
Stanley I. Chukwezi 
Murat J. Constant 
Sanjay R. Dadd 
Charles N. Egegbara 
Kendra Al-Kaleem Evans 
Marie G. Excellent 
Mengistu Fekede 
Yolanda Taundrea Funderburg 
Viktoria Galinovskaya 



Rosemarie Luna Garcia 

Fana Gebreab 

Maricel Goris 

Lydia Violeta Gows 

Hope Chidinma Guyton 

Neycole Neychell Hill 

Joanna Y. Holloway 

James Y. Hussey 

Joyce N. Ibe 

Donna Rae Johnson 

Florence L. Jones 

Gloria Jones 

Marc-Antoine Joseph 

Sajid Juerakhan 

Jamesline Leger 

Ketia Leonidas 

Irena Urzula Lisek 

Marie Yanick Lorquet 

Brian K. Matthews 

Stella Mbah 

Deneen Francine Mclean 

Ilcia Mendez 

Susanna Minasyan 

Orquidea M. Moncada-Morel 

Stephanie Michelle Murdock 

Ralph Scott Myrthil 

Michelle Nanton 



Anntette Nicholson 

Monika Nixon 

Maritza I. Nunez 

Pedro D. Paleus-Blank 

Altagracia Paulino de Mayers 

Thuy Bieh Pham 

Gilda Cordelle Pierre 

Neoptoleme Pierre 

Francisco J. Pinto 

Marie R. Pluviose 

Keisha Laniece Pratt White 

Azalia C. Ramirez 

Ricardo H. Rodriguez-Estrada 

Wanda Roman 

Ronald Junior Sadm 

Dave Anderson Sealy 

Anita Lynne Smith 

Derick Smith 

Claude J. St. Germain 

Earnst Suneus 

Ruthland Taylor 

Gillian Van Delft 

Carmen L. Vega 

Jean Paul Vernet 

Bernesh G. Werota 

Jekeisha Kim Whitehead 

Sara T. Wolday 



Associate of Science 

Maria A. Albajao 
April Marie Alston 
Judith Alvarado 
Agnes Prisca Andrew 
Dynell Diane Andrews 
Joshua Lee Barnes 
Elie Beliard 
Kattia Belizaire 
Jeremie Bernadin 
Carlos A. Bodden 
Naima Boubakraouy 
Soeurette Breneville 
Mirlaine Breton 
Cherry Brown 
Veronica P. Burgher 
Tina D. Butler 
Maribel Buzeta 
Carlos O. Castro 
Luz Maria Castro-Fuentes 
Deborah D. Cato 
Wilson Cespedes 
Wai-ling Chan Lau 
Bruce Anthony Chandler 
Sylvenise Chery 



E. Mary Ann Clevenger 

Lydia Rosa Colon 

Phyllis Ann Coulter 

Rosalind A. Dailey 

Shirley-Ann DePeiza 

Caridad Altagracia Dominguez 

Marie Louise Earvolino 

Jem ma Edwards 

Susan D. Elkin 

Norberta Febo 

Eunice Feliz 

Diane Renee Ferguson 

Strawady Valeria Forbes 

Dawn Marie Fusi 

Lucia George 

Eric J. Giordano 

Sharee Lillette Gittens 

Andre L. Givens 

Shonda Diann Green 

Kitty Bing Guo 

Maryan Farah Gure 

Noella Denise Guyton 

Nam Hoa Thi Ha 

Tara M. Hargraves 

Jonnie Belinda Hopkins 



Dianne Jackson 

Margarite Jeremie 

Hector J. Jimenez 

Timothy Pierre Jones 

Rosalind Elizabeth Layne 

Victoria Regina Leonard 

Allison Judy Lewis-Reid 

Brenda Lewis 

Alyson Michelle Maio 

Hewan Medhanie 

Carolyn Denice Merisca 

Luz C. Montilla 

William W. Musoke 

Nina Marie Noiles 

Sandy Nunez- Perez 

Jose David Ovalle 

Oscar E. Pena 

Emily Tereasa Pinckney-Clark 

Kevon Saulai Pugh 

Eva M. Ramirez 

Kimberlian Y. Raymond 

Luz E. Reyes 

Gretlyn Cassandra Roberts 

Linda Particia Roberts 

Nina B.V Roberts 

Lionel Rogers 



Ruth D. Rojas 

Wanda Roman 

Ana S. Rosa 

Kattie Sankoh 

Keona Dawn Santos 

Miguel Angel Santos 

Madreen Kudzai Shiridzinomwa 

Debra Anne Simmons 

June Marie Sweet 

Mary M. Tolbert 

Bonnie Torres 

Million M. Urge 

Maria A. Valverde 

Kimberly Nichola Williams 

Gail Williams-Hoyte 

Caroline V. Williams-Johnson 

Diane C. Ziener 



^-{^andidates for 
ertificates 



One Year 

(^ookkeeping 
Tunji K. Clary 
Sarah L. Yee 



icrocomputer Aplications 
Diane Mclaurin 

Ol/i/ord Processing 
Hyacinth Ffrench 




cholarships and \^\wards 




The Boston Business School Alumni Scholarship $200 

Through the generosity of alumni from the Boston Business School and 
RCC graduates from the BBS/Commonwealth Avenue campus of Roxbury 
Community College, the BBS Alumni Scholarship is awarded to E. Mary 
Ann Clevenger, for her outstanding academic achievement and contribu- 
tions to the RCC community. 

The Thomas Lovv^e Award $250 

This award is presented to Gretlyn Beckford, whose academic achievement 
and service to the community and the College exemplify the mission of 
Roxbury Community College. 

Francina E. Copeland Gelzer Endowed Scholarship $250 

Given in honor of a resident of the Greater Roxbury community with a 
strong commitment to education, this award is presented to Karen 
Brigham on the basis of her outstanding scholastic achievement. Ms. 
Brigham has been accepted to a four-year college degree program. 

Marjorie Kaalund Award $250 

This award was established in 1993 in memory of a respected leader of 
Boston's Jamaican community and the founding chairperson of the 
Caribbean Focus program's "Jamaican Reality." The Marjorie Kaalund 
Award is presented to an outstanding RCC student of Caribbean origin or 
heritage. The 1996 recipient is Strawady Valeria Forbes. 

The Claudia J. Tucker Award $500 

Given annually in memory of the mother of RCC professor Dr. Royal C. 



Tucker, this award is presented to an outstanding RCC transfer graduate. 
The 1996 recipient is Michelle Nan ton. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship $500 

This scholarship, established in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther 
King, Jr., is awarded to two RCC students in 1996. Recipients of this 
award are Maricel Goris and Ricardo Rodriguez-Estrada for their academic 
excellence in the field of Social Science. 

James Henry Caesar Endowed Scholarship $500 

This scholarship was established in 1986 by a Roxbury resident in payment 
for the opportunities this country and community have given to him and is 
awarded to a talented RCC student from the Roxbury community. The 
1996 recipient of the James Henry Caesar Endowed Scholarship is Dave 
Sealy. 

Letitia Garofaio Endowed Memorial Scholarship $500 

Established by a native of Quincy, Massachusetts who used her knowledge 
of languages to live and work in communities around the world, this 
endowed memorial scholarship is awarded to 1996 RCC graduate, 
Carolyn Merisca. 

Alise Rostan Dowling Scholarship $750 

The scholarship established in the memory of Alise Rostan Dowling, is 
awarded to a student who is planning to enroll or is currently enrolled in 
the Nursing Program. 



Hiram Grand Lodge & Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. 
Outstanding Female Graduate Award $1,000 

This special award is presented through the generosity of the Most 
Worshipful Hiram Grand Lodge A.R & A.M., Inc. and the Bay State 
Grand Chapter, O.E.S. to the female member of the 1996 graduating class 
whom the faculty has selected on the basis of both academic achievement 
and service to the College and community. The 1996 recipient of the 
award is Gillian Van Delft. 

Hiram Grand Lodge & Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. 
Outstanding Male Graduate Award $1,000 

This award is presented to the male member of the 1996 graduating class 
whom the faculty has selected on the basis of both academic achievement 
and service to the College and community. The 1996 recipient of the 
Hiram Grand Lodge & Bay State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. Outstanding 
Male Graduate Award is Sanjay Rean Dadd. 

The Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson Award $1,000 

Given annually in memory of one of the original members of RCC's Board 
of Trustees, the Betty Johnson Award is presented to the graduating 
student who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) 
and a minimum of 50 credits at Roxbury Community College. The award 
is one of the most prestigious scholarships presented at the RCC gradua- 
tion ceremony. The recipient is valedictorian of the Roxbury Community 
College Class of 1996. This year, the honor is shared by two students: 
Mengistu Fekede &c June Marie Sweet. 




epartmental (Scholarships 



Departmental scholarships are presented to graduating students for out- 
standing academic achievement in a specific field of study. The following 
students are awarded. 



Departmental Scholarships $300 

Accounting 



Bing Ji Guo 
Nam Hoa Thi Ha 
Maritza Nunez 
Lionel Rogers 
Shirley-Ann De Peiza 
Bonnie Torres 
Wanda Roman 
June Marie Sweet 
Maribel Buzeta 
Jonnie Belinda Hopkins 
Eunice Feliz 
Jose David Ovalle 
Noella Denise Gu>ton 
Veronica P. Burgher 
Kindane Negasi Asgodom 
Ronald Sadm 
Saad Ammour 
Susan D. Magrane-Elkin 
Dawn Fusi 
William W Musoke 
Edith N. Agudosi 
Gilda C. Pierre 
Irena V. Lisek 
Viktoria Galinovskaya 
Charles Ndubuisi Egegbara 
Orquidea Moncada-Morel 
Yolanda E. Funderburg 
Paula R. Cardoza 



Accounting 

Business Administration 

Business Management 

Computer Information Systems 

Executive Secretary/Shorthand 

Executive Secretar)'-/Word Processing 

Executive SecretaryAXTbrd Processing 

Medical Secretary 

Medical Secretary 

Legal Secretary 

Early Childhood Education 

Early Childhood Education 

Early Childhood Education 

Biological Science 

Mathematics 

Computer-Assisted Drafting 

Nursing 

Nursing 

Nursing 

Pre-Nursing 

Pre-Nursing 

Liberal Aits 

Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts 

Social Science 

Social Science 

Social Science 



ommencement v-Mddress 




The Honorable Barbara A. Dortch-Okara 




The Honorable Barbara A. Dortch-Okara is a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court where she has 
served since 1989. She is currently serving as Regional Administrative Justice for Norfolk County. Prior 
to her elevation to the Superior Court, she presided as a justice of the Boston Municipal Court, having 
been appointed in 1984 by then Governor Michael S. Dukakis. In 'addition toiler work on the bench, 
Judge Dortch-Okara is an adjunct professor of law at Boston University School of Law. She also is a fre- 
quent faculty member of educational programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal 
Education, Inc. 

Judge Dortch-Okara is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from 
Brandeis University and earned her Juris Doctor's degree from Boston College Law School. She prac- 
ticed law for a short time with an entertainment corporation in Memphis, Tennessee. Thereafter, she 
returned to Boston where she began a career in the ptiblic sector. 

Immediately prior to her first appointment to the bench, Judge Dortch-Okara was Associate General 
Counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority. She has served as an Assistant General Counsel for the 
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as attorney advisor with the Office of the Regional 
Solicitor of the United States Department of the Interior and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for 
the City of Boston. 

Judge Dortch-Okara is a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Jury Management Advisory 
Committee and chairs its Public Outreach Subcommittee. In the past she has served on the Supreme 
Judicial Court Race and Ethnic Bias Study Commission, as well as the Gender Bias Study Commission, 
chairing its Gender in the Courts Subcommittee. She is a member of the Massachusetts Black Judges 
Conference and is also active on numerous Superior Court and bar association committees. Judge 
Dortch-Okara is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys. 

Jiidge Dortch-Okara is a member of the Board of Directors of The Boston Foundation and she has 
served as chair of the Advisory Board of the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club. In 1988, she was selected by 
the Jewish Community Relations Council to participate in the Women's Journey to Israel. She was also 
a delegate to the 1985 Non-Governmental Forum of the World Meeting for Women, Nairobi, Kenya. 

For these and other civic endeavors, Judge Dortch-Okara has received numerous awards and citations. 
She was honored with the New England School of Law 1993 Women's Law Caucus Award, the 1990 
Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis University, the 1989 Patrick F. Jones Award of the Lena 
Park Community Development Corporation, and the Paul Robeson Award presented by the Boston 
College Law School Black Alumni Network, among others. 

A resident of Milton, Massachusetts, Judge Dortch-Okara is married to Dr. Ebi Daniel Okara. They are 
the parents of a son, Preye Daniel Okara. 





cademic \sliegalia 



The caps, gowns and hoods of the academic procession date back to the Middle Ages, when they were 
common dress for scholars. Monks and students wore them to keep warm in the damp and drafty 12th 
centur}' European castles and halls of learning. 

The bachelor's gown has a pleated front and long, pointed sleeves. The master's gown, which may be 
worn open, is distinguishable by its long square sleeves. The doctor's gown is trimmed with velvet pan- 
els and has three velvet bars on the bell shaped sleeves. 

The hood provides the color, contrast and symbolism of the procession. Certain colors became associ- 
ated with particular areas of knowledge. For example, the hood border worn by a doctor of theology 
was red, a color associated with the Catholic Church; a medical doctor wears a green border, after the 
healing powers of medicinal herbs. 

In Europe, a uniform color system never developed. However in the United States, an intercollegiate 
committee meeting in 1895 decided upon uniform color standards, assigning a specific color to each 
field of study. 



Departmental Colors of Faculty Members' Hoods & Tassels 



Agriculture 


Maize 


Arts, Humanities 


White 


Chiropractic 


Silver Gray 


Dentistry 


Lilac 


Economics 


Copper 


Education 


Light Blue 


Fine Arts 


Brown 


Journalism 


Crimson 


Law 


Purple 



Library Science 


Lemon 


Medicine 


Green 


Music 


Pink 


Nursing 


Apricot 


Pharmacy 


Olive Green 


Philosophy 


Dark Blue 


Science 


Golden Yellow 


Social Work 


Citron 


Theology 


Scarlet 



over 



Figurative sculpture located on the RCC campus by John Wilson 
Photograph: Nadine Dowling 



Roxbury Community College 
1 234 Columbus Avenue 
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02 1 20 

Telephone (617) 427-0060